WHOSE VOICE ARE WE TRUSTING? [552]

Jesus said my sheep know my voice. So what other voices are there? Well there are many of course, but the only one that is really relevant is that other inner voice, the one which comes from the voice of doubt, the voice that wants to retain independence of God.

The same inner voice which Adam and Eve were subjected to, the one which called into question God and his authority, his motives and integrity. The voice of doubt as typically seen in “doubting Thomas”, who was holding out for more evidence of Jesus having been resurrected in bodily form – which was proof of life conquering death, and was the proof of God, his integrity, his authority and power.

Adam was driven into his “shell” of autonomy and independence of God. He set up his own “kingdom” from which he could run his own life, do his own thing, and entertain the processes of inner death. To doubt God is to doubt love and righteousness and truth. To doubt God is to give fuel to the inner fire of destruction, is to feed the enemy of the inner serpent which writhes and wriggles in its constant avoidance of truth and everything that is good. That inner serpent that gives voice to deceptive lies and deceptive practises.

Jesus came to kill this inner voice, destroy its power, and reinstate that which Adam lost. It was natural for us to entertain this voice because it seemed like a reasonable voice, this voice of reason, of analysis, of querying, and we poked and prodded at it to see of what substance it contained. We discovered, too late, that its substance was that of death, that it had a powerful “sting” which poisoned life and left us inadequate to the task of living a life that was “alive”, because the sting of the serpent brought us to death.

This inner voice, this serpent, is not simply some theoretical or theological device. It is the reality of the arrangement of our inner nature, our inner thought processes which are at the core of our being, and which reveal an inner “kingdom” that is deficient in the qualities that might render it suitable for an existence of eternity. It was this “inner creature” that Jesus destroyed on the cross in his own body, and repaired it from his own righteousness of spirit, which was able to overpower and render those areas of himself (us) that were in active rebellion against him, null and void, inert, dead.

Having restored the human form as it was intended to be, the power of God immortalised him in a new final creative form that was able to take its place in “heaven” with God. It was a new body, a new form, a new creature, and a new creation. The rest of creation now awaits the time when the whole of creation will be subjected to this powerful and righteous and creative force, which is His Spirit of love. [now available through Jesus].

What has this to do with OUR inner serpent? Jesus not only destroyed the serpent in himself, but by so doing, he demonstrated its lie, its falseness, and its powerlessness to do anything except to prompt and pursue the processes of death. It’s authority which it held through our doubts of God, has been destroyed, and thereby its power to hold us in its grasp, which it only had through its lie, its deception regarding the goodness of God. Because God is truth and love, the power of the serpent, wherever it may be found, has been cancelled. We are now in control of it, not the other way around. But we must come to KNOW this and then to BELIEVE it.

We who have the same human nature as Jesus had, will ourselves be destroyed along with this body of corruption, that is destined for corruption and the grave, unless we place ourselves somewhere else that will survive the impact of God’s fiery Spirit when he returns. We who are the “self” of us, who we really are, our IDENTITY, must take up a new position if we are to avoid the destruction of the old. If we choose to continue to find our identity in “this body of death”, we will go down with it. But if by believing the truth about God, and believe his “proof of I.D.” as he has shown through Jesus death and resurrection, then the inner serpentile voice will be silenced, or at least rendered ineffective. Our identity can find itself in Jesus, who is now “at the right hand of God”, and so we can be there too, in spirit, in power over the “enemy’ who has effectively been destroyed by the power of His Spirit.

From Jesus in heaven, we now receive HIS Spirit who comes to live with us, in our earthly “temple”, the temple of present destruction, but which can experience renewal and revival, because OUR spirit is with him and in him in heaven, from where we now operate as “kings and priests”. If we accept the conquering of the inner serpent [who had made our body his temple] that his love achieved in him, then this same conquering will also occur in us, as we trust in his self same love. But the conquering has already been achieved, because the conqueror forever stands over the conquered, no matter where “he”, the enemy, is to be found.

Because God’s love is a “fait accompli”, the enemy has already been destroyed, the outcome is assured, and we must receive this assurance and dismiss any further claims we may have to autonomy, and instead we must cleave to him who is the victorious one, as he has proven in Jesus. Our fate WITH him is far different to our fate WITHOUT him. It is assured and proven, tested and tried. We now flee the destruction to come by fleeing to HIS NAME, to his loving power and authority, by finding our identity IN HIM. He has “paid” it all, borne the weight and the burden of our departure from him and the damage it caused. He has SUFFERED it all in his love, both for us AND for the son of his love, which by adoption we now become also. All “done and dusted”.

The return to him is marked by our willingness to accept him, to accept righteousness, to accept truth and life, to accept HIS spirit as denial of our own. His love is everywhere and pervades all and everything, and for the time being  is moderated by his son in a form by which we can be regenerated, once we accept him and his sacrifice for us, which amounted to the total removal of the effects of sin and death from the “equation”. Though death remains death, its power to hold us in that death that it is, has been destroyed, because God’s love (God) is always willing and available to embrace us as His sons and daughters, because of the love and obedience of His Son. We now follow in his footsteps, but rather than having to achieve the victory ourselves (which we could not do), we now tread in footsteps of the ash and the charred remains of that which formerly enslaved us, because His Spirit, His love, has removed it all.

[So far as East is from West, so far have I removed your sin from you][ Paul encountered a serpent on the island of Malta Acts 28-5. “However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm”.][Fire is representative of the Spirit, by which we are able to shake off the serpents poisonous effects, and consume it in the fire of God’s love, the cross].

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CHRISTADELPHIANS WANT TO SET UP ANIMAL SACRIFICES AGAIN [550b]

From “Christendom astray” pages 193 to 195.  During what they believe to be a literal 1000 year reign of Jesus on the earth, with themselves established as the ruling priesthood, they would set up the rituals of animal sacrifices.

Quoting from their book – “But it will be asked, how can the sacrifice of animals be revived…”. “The answer to this must take a general form…”. “There can be no doubt of the fact itself, that sacrifices form part of the institution of the age to come…”

“Men and women who live as subjects of the Messiah’s kingdom will have to obtain a right to eat of the tree of life by faith and obedience…”.

“…A SYSTEM of  UNIVERSAL COMPULSORY RELIGION, which will require the presence of every man once a year at the centre of divine government and worship, and which, for every offence against THE LAWS, will exact the token of penitence afforded in the  SACRIFICE OF AN ANIMAL OF HIS PROPERTY.”

This speaks for itself of the kind of thinking that has brought about and maintained the Christadelphian religion. The rhetoric involved is reminiscent of Hitler, and sets people up for participation in any possible ANTICHRIST type system that may pop up in the future. (although perhaps it is also proof of its present existence).

This kind of fanatical theology is typical of their one eyed view of scripture and which pervades everything they teach, because it is man’s view, not God’s view. And the reason for it is because they DENY THE SPIRIT who is the teacher of the truth, being the Spirit of truth, having established THEIR OWN spirit. It is a bit like the Mormons having established their own scriptures from THEIR own version of the ‘truth.’

Christadelphians proudly call their religion “The Truth” but it is the very antithesis of truth, a travesty of truth, but one which is eminently suited to the process of setting up their OWN righteousness in denial of HIS.

EARTHLY PRIESTHOODS DO NOT REPRESENT JESUS [551b]

The “copies of the heavenly things” are just that, copies, and have now been replaced by the real thing. Christians are now those who are “kings and priests” in this present age. Attempts by religious groups to establish authority by setting up “priesthoods” reminiscent of the Judaistic system, are disobeying God in their quest to obtain power over people. This necessarily and obviously includes the Catholic system, and of course, the previous post about Christadelphianism, which seeks to reintroduce the things of earth into the things of heaven.

EARTHLY PRIESTHOODS DO NOT REPRESENT JESUS [551a]

The “copies of the heavenly things” are just that, copies, and have now been replaced by the real thing. Christians are now those who are “kings and priests” in this present age. Attempts by religious groups to establish authority by setting up “priesthoods” reminiscent of the Judaistic system, are disobeying God in their quest to obtain power over people. This necessarily and obviously includes the Catholic system, and of course, the previous post about Christadelphianism, which seeks to reintroduce the things of earth into the things of heaven.

CHRISTADELPHIANS WANT TO SET UP ANIMAL SACRIFICES AGAIN [550a]

From “Christendom astray” pages 193 to 195.  During what they believe to be a literal 1000 year reign of Jesus on the earth, with themselves established as the ruling priesthood, they would set up the rituals of animal sacrifices.

Quoting from their book – “But it will be asked, how can the sacrifice of animals be revived…”. “The answer to this must take a general form…”. “There can be no doubt of the fact itself, that sacrifices form part of the institution of the age to come…”

“Men and women who live as subjects of the Messiah’s kingdom will have to obtain a right to eat of the tree of life by faith and obedience…”.

“…A SYSTEM of  UNIVERSAL COMPULSORY RELIGION, which will require the presence of every man once a year at the centre of divine government and worship, and which, for every offence against THE LAWS, will exact the token of penitence afforded in the  SACRIFICE OF AN ANIMAL OF HIS PROPERTY.”

This speaks for itself of the kind of thinking that has brought about and maintained the Christadelphian religion. The rhetoric involved is reminiscent of Hitler, and sets people up for participation in any possible ANTICHRIST type system that may pop up in the future. (although perhaps it is also proof of its present existence).

This kind of fanatical theology is typical of their one eyed view of scripture and which pervades everything they teach, because it is man’s view, not God’s view. And the reason for it is because they DENY THE SPIRIT who is the teacher of the truth, being the Spirit of truth, having established THEIR OWN spirit. It is a bit like the Mormons having established their own scriptures from THEIR own version of the ‘truth.’

Christadelphians proudly call their religion “The Truth” but it is the very antithesis of truth, a travesty of truth, but one which is eminently suited to the process of setting up their OWN righteousness in denial of HIS.

EARTHLY PRIESTHOODS DO NOT REPRESENT JESUS [551]

The “copies of the heavenly things” are just that, copies, and have now been replaced by the real thing. Christians are now those who are “kings and priests” in this present age. Attempts by religious groups to establish authority by setting up “priesthoods” reminiscent of the Judaistic system, are disobeying God in their quest to obtain power over people. This necessarily and obviously includes the Catholic system, and of course, the previous post about Christadelphianism, which seeks to reintroduce the things of earth into the things of heaven.

CHRISTADELPHIANS WANT TO SET UP ANIMAL SACRIFICES AGAIN [550]

From “Christendom astray” pages 193 to 195.  During what they believe to be a literal 1000 year reign of Jesus on the earth, with themselves established as the ruling priesthood, they would set up the rituals of animal sacrifices.

Quoting from their book – “But it will be asked, how can the sacrifice of animals be revived…”. “The answer to this must take a general form…”. “There can be no doubt of the fact itself, that sacrifices form part of the institution of the age to come…”

“Men and women who live as subjects of the Messiah’s kingdom will have to obtain a right to eat of the tree of life by faith and obedience…”.

“…A SYSTEM of  UNIVERSAL COMPULSORY RELIGION, which will require the presence of every man once a year at the centre of divine government and worship, and which, for every offence against THE LAWS, will exact the token of penitence afforded in the  SACRIFICE OF AN ANIMAL OF HIS PROPERTY.”

This speaks for itself of the kind of thinking that has brought about and maintained the Christadelphian religion. The rhetoric involved is reminiscent of Hitler, and sets people up for participation in any possible ANTICHRIST type system that may pop up in the future. (although perhaps it is also proof of its present existence).

This kind of fanatical theology is typical of their one eyed view of scripture and which pervades everything they teach, because it is man’s view, not God’s view. And the reason for it is because they DENY THE SPIRIT who is the teacher of the truth, being the Spirit of truth, having established THEIR OWN spirit. It is a bit like the Mormons having established their own scriptures from THEIR own version of the ‘truth.’

Christadelphians proudly call their religion “The Truth” but it is the very antithesis of truth, a travesty of truth, but one which is eminently suited to the process of setting up their OWN righteousness in denial of HIS.

[The book also says that Christadelphians will be personally executing non-Christadelphians??!?]

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE GOSPEL BY CHRISTADELPHIAN LAW [543f]

Years ago when I first entered into theology through an investigation of Romans chapter seven, I was introduced to a piece of writing by one F. Godet, who was around in the 1700’s or 1800’s, I will have to look it up again. [He was 1812 – 1900]

I remember that his conclusion seems to have been something like that the gospel, when taken without sanctification, became another law, and this was his [inadequate] understanding of the Romans 7 situation where Paul is explaining his lack of moral power to function as a “free” [but captive] moral agent. But the principle of legalisation is true.

The “penny has dropped” regarding Christadephia and the core of its problems, as evidenced by their faulty understanding of the cross. In the recent past I came across the Belgium Christadelphian group, and in some thrust and parry of words, they declared their hand as being the pawns of legalism, by declaring that there were hundreds of “laws” that had to be kept as a “Christian”.

An example of this is the common Christadelphian clinging to “The commandments of Christ”, where almost every statement uttered by Jesus has been seized upon and proclaimed to be a “commandment” which now has to be kept, along with many others. In fact it is probably true that the whole of scripture is treated as a commandment by them, which is what got us (Adam) into this trouble in the first place. It is the release from the troubles of commandments that engenders a loving response via an all encompassing and complete forgiveness, which the gospel conveys via the cross.

Christadelphianism has always been a supporter of Israel, to the point where many of them , I feel, would love to sell up their houses and move to Israel. (The “promised land”). Along with I suppose many other Christian groups, they love to travel to Israel to see the “holy places” where Jesus walked and talked. The book “Elpis Israel” probably supports this scenario. [But God’s purposes with man reach far beyond Israel ].

A strong supporter of the Belgium group turned out to be a Jew, and it is all now clear what is going on. Christadelphians have turned the gospel into an extension of the Mosaic law. They see that Christians are really only those who have been adopted into spiritual Israel, but unfortunately, there is nothing spiritual about the Israel they proclaim under the guise of Christianity.

There is more than a strong clue to this in the stance they take regarding the holy Spirit, where they pronounce it to be a power, not a presence. This gives them leverage because of the difficulties involved in clearly evidencing the “Spirit Gifts” today, not withstanding the efforts of Pentecostals and charismatic groups to sustain this standing.

But there lies the problem, in divorcing the new Spirit as promised by scripture since the beginning; they seem to be able to lose the meaning of it all by their emphasis on the promise given to Abraham, as now being fulfilled in the person of Christ, particularly in his death and resurrection, as being all that matters to their redemptive theology.

They divert attention away from this dilemma by explaining the “new” Spirit as being that which Jesus gave them basis for in his words “My words to you are Spirit and life”. They then claim that all “spirit” is derived by absorbing into oneself what the scriptures say, and this then becomes spirit and the source of all “spirit” within them. They divorce all “supernatural” type of thinking, because their founders were people who were scientifically based in terms of the first being a doctor (medical), and his ardent admirer and follower also having been captured to a rational but soulless “exposition” of the bible.

The LIFE of the gospel is its new Spirit, as distinct from the DEATH of Judaism [the written word] from which it was drawn.

Christadelphianism has taken the gospel of spiritual life and turned it into the gospel of legalistic death. All of their message centres upon the keeping of moralistic precepts and concepts and the structuring of a legalistic system which now includes the words of the New Testament in their manifesto of death. The old structure of forgiveness by appropriate sacrifice is retained from the Mosaic law system, in that instead of the all encompassing unconditional forgiveness of the cross, their forgiveness is conditional on their moralistic performance. Freedom is not known in their circles, they are trapped in a system which demands performance and tight adherence to their doctrines, or you are OUT, both spiritually and physically. “Outside are the dogs” says Revelation, and this is how they consider non Christadelphians to be, as lepers and spiritual outcasts.

Of course they are not alone in this, all sects and cults reveal these traits and aspects of their particular legalistic systems. It all comes from not understanding God and his purposes with his creation, and how he provided his Son as the means of ensuring that those who loved his righteousness and justice would be able to find Him and the new life that He has provided THROUGH HIS SPIRIT.

There now needs to be a rewrite of their two foundational books, “Elpis Israel” by John Thomas, and “Christendom astray” by Robert Roberts. They should perhaps be called “Elpis Christadelphia” and “Christadelphia astray”.

Christadelphianism is a highly deceptive and intellectual deception, and although not a large group, they have managed to cause a lot of grief to a lot of people. May these afflicted ones find solace in that they are not alone, but they have been led to believe that they are alone by the false teachings of this group regarding the Spirit and the atonement. Their non-existent  “comforter” to Christadelphians brings them little comfort, once the shine of intellectual appreciation becomes tarnished with the harsh reality of life devoid of real spiritual truth.

[Romans 7-9] [Romans 7 – 8,9,10,11]

WHY DO WE SUFFER INNER PAIN [548] part one.

 

We were born into this world in a state that is highly vulnerable to attacks on our feelings. Because we get hurt, our response to the sensitivity of LIFE and love becomes lessened, and we become hardened. This is because of the frustration of life, where nothing seems to make sense. So we withdraw from our inner identity and attach ourselves to the world and what it is doing, because there seems no alternative.

Frustrations in life compound our inner problems. We want things, and when we cannot get them, frustration arises along with anger.

But we were made like gods, we were created with a sense of being connected to a greater identity than that which we can produce or find or discover. [in the natural]

Although there is a lot said about our inner inferiority, scripture (Paul) says “When gentiles (people other than Jews) who do not have the law, do BY NATURE what the law requires, this shows they are a law unto themselves…”

What He is saying is that there is inside us the knowledge of good and evil, and some people manage to respond to this and gain some sort of morality in their lives. This, contrary to the hard nosed thinkers that like to quote the scripture about “there is none good but God*” shows there is some relative goodness in the average man; after all, we were “made in the image of God”. [Gen.5-1]

So it is this “knowledge of good and bad” that is our “Achilles heel”. WE CONDEMN OURSELVES, we find ourselves to be guilty of so much error, and the errors of others do nothing to help that, either.

Not only do we find ourselves lacking and wanting, we have to deal with others who also point the finger of accusation at us. So we have all this criticism coming at us, when all we really did was to be born into a messy world. We want to be good, even perfect would be nice, but we get mixed up in our thinking about who we are, what we are doing, and where we are going.

So because our heart cannot find its proper place, our mind becomes extremely defensive and tries to produce some sort of performance which will satisfy ourselves and those around us to some degree. There is a lot of room here for frustration and depression to develop. The strange thing is, this inner pain or anguish we may feel is all due to the way we think, our thought patterns, and why they develop the way they do.

The fact that we consider ourselves to be in a spot of bother at all, means we have within ourselves the ability to discern good and bad, it’s just that we don’t know what to do about the bad. And this is the problem. Because we know good from evil, we arrive at the conclusion that there is very little that is good in us, but that if there is, it can find no reasonable way of expression, or of legitimacy, by which to proclaim itself. This is not so much “itself” as “myself”. We are caught in some sort of “catch 22” from which there appears no escape.

So what is the escape? It appears that in order to become “whole,” and become people who are not CONFLICTED by opposing forces, we have to somehow arrive at a place where we no longer condemn ourselves, where we can “give ourselves a break” as some might say. That we not be so hard on ourselves. Now if we lived in a kinder worldly environment, or if the world was a kindlier place, we might be able to assume some of this sort of thinking into ourselves. In other words, if people were more forgiving, not so judgemental and expecting too much of us, then we might be able to take hold of some of this attitude, and it might have some beneficial effect inside us.

This is not likely to happen just by itself in this present worldly environment. But we CAN come to appreciate how we can experience forgiveness, and this includes forgiving ourselves, if we can be satisfied that this position can be legitimately taken.

We were made capable of making moralistic decisions; now we must make the ultimate one, which is that life itself has a better ultimate purpose for us; that there is no point in living negatively, because there is so much option and possibility of positive living, if only the negative of our past and present could be removed. Well it should be fairly obvious that basically, we are what we think. That is, it is our thought patterns that govern who we are and how we feel.

What then are the odds of us being stuck with one set of thought patterns or the other? We might say that our circumstances dictate our thoughts, but the greater power and opportunity lies in having our thoughts govern our circumstances, rather than the other way around. And our circumstances can even become secondary to who we are, if we manage to discover that we CAN change our thought patterns so that we can establish our valid identity out of it all.

Why should we expect that we are forced to believe that we are forever locked into the wrong things we have done, anyway? Since we condemn ourselves by our guilt feelings, if we realise that they come from an appreciation of right and wrong, then why could we not accept that the GREATER GOOD** would be the forgiving of our circumstances and the forgiving of our errors and past mistakes.

So far we are mostly talking about what goes on in our minds as a rational process, even though because of our guilt, at times it is a struggle to be rational. Our HEART which is the seat of our emotions, must also eventually be drawn into the picture and be satisfied.

Why is it then that so much of the creation appears to be in harmony (not always the case) but the birds and the bees and the substance they feed on and the way they are interdependent on environment and each other in order to progress on a daily basis; may explain why we who have the greater awareness and knowledge at a far greater level than they do, manage to screw it up, EG they aren’t aware of anything but DOING it, whereas we get to be in control of “it” and ourselves and perhaps we don’t know what we are doing? Birds and bees operate by instinct in response to the creation, why shouldn’t we be doing the same?

Maybe it is because the “instinct” by which we were meant to “operate” has been over-ridden by all the nonsense that the world spits out and that we have also become caught up in. Maybe because we have been given the greater responsibility and the means by which to discharge it, we have also been given more opportunity to disregard this and go our own way?

Anyway, the resultant conclusion we may arrive at is that IT IS NOT OUR FAULT and this is fair enough.

PLEASE SEE PART TWO, NUMBER 549.

 

*[It was Jesus that said this, in obvious hyperbole’, since He Himself could obviously be called “good”. ]

**[The problem is that we have learned to operate independently of anything other than ourselves, and the reason we are conflicted is because of this very independence we want to retain][We were never intended to depend only on ourselves, we have to have the “instinct” that goes with our life, just as the rest of the creation does]

DO NOT ANALYSE THE WORD ANALYSE. [547]

EXPLORATORY THEOLOGY These are rough notes from which may be gleaned something of interest.

Scripture is a series of psychological scenarios where scripture reveals scripture. This is why scripture should never be changed or reformatted or interpreted.

DO NOT ANALYSE THE WORD. Do not say in your heart, who will ascend into heaven to bring Christ down, or who will descend into the deep to bring Him up… What is this saying other than do not analyse, but “meekly accept the implanted word that is able to save you…” However we DO tend to analyse, and when we do, it sometimes seems to pay off, although there is considerable risk attached.

Analysing is what Eve did in the garden. It was said of Jesus that, contrary to Eve and whatever game she was playing, he did not consider *equality with God a thing to be grasped. (Notice it plainly does not claim that Jesus IS God). In Eve’s defence, it may have  been her desire to protect Adam, but it amounted to the protection of “self”, it was a form of self love.

The command was a warning  by the Spirit out of love, and it was love that initiated the inevitable and necessary process of self analysis. The second Adam was already complete in righteousness in the Spirit, but had to complete the total righteousness of the flesh, the “Temple”. It was always love (God) who (that) forced the process of creation, so it was always love (God) that (who) would have to bear the cost of it.

*Righteousness does not analyse righteousness, it accepts it. Eve did not understand righteousness, so while Adam (the first) was prepared to go along with it (God’s word) Eve was checking (analysing) it to protect Adam and herself from harm, but in doing so, initiated an unrighteous chain of events, Including the first “domestic”. The “second Adam” avoided the conflict until it was time to confront his “inner Eve” and the biggest domestic of all time broke out. [on the cross]

But in the end, all parties were reconciled, and love was finally recognised and understood for what (who) it was.

The “command” was God’s love in action to “flush out” those corruptive elements that had developed outside of righteousness.  It was to enable the growth of grace and maturity of the person. Jesus said I no longer call you servants but call you friends if you do what I command you. The principal “command” of Jesus was to love, just as the command of God was to love. Put within the acceptance of Jesus, his “command” is a test of one’s submission to Christ. But it reveals living by the Spirit, not by law.

His “commands” are meant to show that the inner “rebellion” of querying and analysis of the “commands” of the Spirit, are over, are ended, FINISHED. When the command is finally seen as simply the care and guidance of the Spirit, and is simply the prompting of righteousness, of a righteous Spirit, then the maturity of the “new creation” has arrived. You are “home” “at rest”.

So “commands” are initially seen as “commands” because of “rebellion”, the inner serpent of Eve, but are actually the moving of God’s Spirit to bring about the necessary creative Spirit. Maturity sees the inner serpent conquered, overcome by love.

The Bridegroom has wooed his bride into submissiveness to Him, His Spirit. The Spirit is now recognised as righteousness and is willingly followed “obediently”.

The righteousness of God when expressed as “commands” is expressing that rebellion scenario in concert with sin and death. The context of “command” is that which expresses man’s separation from God, and which contains the anguish of it.

Law is not permanent, it is the unfortunate definition of the reaction within man of the deathly, but hopefully maturation of man through the gospel which seeks to provoke the finalisation of the creative process. Man finally learns to follow the Spirit.

[Man in conflict, man on his own][ Law remains as, not the Christian’s “go to” situation, but his “flee from” situation, other than where it is seen in the form of Spirit leading, but this is seen not as law but love].